“Marvel and I have mutually agreed to part ways on Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness due to creative differences,” Derrickson tweets. He goes on to say he will remain an executive producer of the film.
Marvel and I have mutually agreed to part ways on Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness due to creative differences. I am thankful for our collaboration and will remain on as EP.
— N O S ⋊ Ɔ I ᴚ ᴚ Ǝ ᗡ ⊥ ⊥ O Ɔ S (@scottderrickson) January 10, 2020
Derrickson’s Twitter bio has been updated to reflect this change, now claiming he is known as the writer and director of “The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister, Doctor Strange, and not the upcoming Doctor Strange: In The Multiverse of Madness.”
Fans on Twitter are not happy about the move, with many hot takes taking shots at Marvel President Kevin Feige.
Scott Derrickson: Hey I wanna make Doctor Strange 2 kind of unique and not like literally every other Marvel movie
Kevin Feige: pic.twitter.com/2L53VZ3C5g
— Salt (@realsalt_) January 10, 2020
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Derrickson directed and co-wrote the first Doctor Strange film in 2016. The Marvel film was a box office smash, grossing more than $677 million worldwide and providing key support to phase three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Benedict Cumberbatch returns as the titular doctor who is called upon to explore the multiverse that is “the next step in the evolution of the MCU,” according to a statement from Feige at Brazil’s Comic Con Experience. Elizabeth Olsen is set to appear in the film as her MCU character Scarlet Witch, as well.
The sequel is slated for release next year on May 7.